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Ottawa e-scooter sharing pilot and plan approved at committee level

Scooter companies working with the city would be expected to follow Ottawa Public Health guidelines for scooter sanitization and provide in-app education about hand washing and physical distancing. 
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E-scooters. Photo/ Christian Bueltemann/ Pixabay

Ottawa e-scooter sharing pilot and plan approved at committee level

Companies working with the city through a contract, would be expected to follow Ottawa Public Health guidelines for scooter sanitization and provide in-app education about hand washing and physical distancing. 
 

Ottawa could soon see electric scooters on its roads, bike lanes, pathways and footbridges. 

The city’s Transportation Committee approved piloting the use and rental of e-scooters in Ottawa until the end of October 2020. If the pilot is a success, it could be extended for four more years.
 
If approved by council, the pilot would begin after contracts are in place and consultation with Ottawa Public Health. Companies working with the city through a contract, would be expected to follow Ottawa Public Health guidelines for scooter sanitization and provide in-app education about hand washing and physical distancing. 

E-scooters would not be allowed on sidewalks, in OC Transpo facilities or vehicles, on National Capital Commission pathways or in Gatineau.
 
The city says its dockless bike-sharing pilot would continue this year, if any companies were interested in providing the service. 

The committee approved a new fee structure to better recover the costs of a dockless system that allows users to pick up and return e-scooters and bikes anywhere. Sharing companies would pay $60 per vehicle and $250 per station, with a $5,000 non-refundable application fee and $25,000 security deposit. They would need to have $5-million in liability insurance.




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